Since Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the Austin Recycle and Reuse Drop-off (ARR) Center has reopened. Austin residents can schedule their alighting time online through the Austin recycles mobile app. The reason for booking in advance is covid-19, which the organizers worry that if they don't make an appointment in advance, it will cause crowd congestion and increase the risk of infection. Therefore, foam recycling activities must be carried out when the crowd is sparse. Meanwhile, participants need to wear masks and keep a safe social distance.
The place to get off and recycle is at 2514 business center drive, which is only for Austin and Texas County residents to recycle free of charge. If you don't meet this requirement, you have to pay for the foam recycling program.
ARR provides a wide range of services designed to turn waste into resources while keeping the communities clean. Services include a collection of recyclables and even trash, as well as confidential consulting. All these are in compliance with Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan published in December 2011, which is the guiding principle for the city to achieve zero waste. The regulation requires enterprises to provide recycling services to transfer materials from landfills. Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste transported to landfills in the region by 90% by 2040.
In fact, thanks to the ＄4,5000 grants provided by Foam Recycling Coalition, Austin is capable to purchase foam densifiers eventually, which improves the efficiency and ability of foam recycling. “With this grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition, we will purchase a second foam densifier to help supplement our current equipment and allow us to handle a greater volume of foam coming from residents and businesses,” said Andy Dawson, Assistant Division Manager.
No doubt, foam densifier is the most effective assistant for recyclers. With its assistance, the Recycling Department of Austin government can recover the loose foam into a tight form, saving the cost of storage and transportation.